Leonard the Lemur

Our new Picture Books – Leonard the Lemur – is OUT!!! Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday April 12th) and going until Thursday (April 14th) the Kindle version of Leonard will be available for free. Please feel free to grab the book!

If you do, please remember to leave a review or comment telling me what you think.

Thank you! Have a great week.

Coloring Time

The Time Chamber

By: Song Ji-Hye (Daria Song)

Published in the United States by Watson-Guptill Publications,

an imprint of Crown Publishing Group,

A division of Penguin Random House, LLC, New York.

(Originally published in Korea by the Business Books and Company, LTD.)

Copyright 2015

I have made mention before of how much I love the ‘new’ idea of adult coloring books. In fact, I even reviewed the first book in this coloring book series, The Time Garden, which can be found here.

Well folks, Daria Song has done it again. This book is gorgeously drawn, beautifully storied in a few short sentences, and incredibly imaginative. A fairy who lives in a cuckoo clock decides to venture out into the world of her friend, the little girl. Suddenly the most innocent and mundane of items turns into magic and the audience is taken on an adventure chronicled through images that make you wonder even in black and white. I cannot wait to begin coloring these books…although I almost want to leave them in their pristine condition. The inclusion of the audience in the story, through the ability to color the story itself, reminds me of the beloved books from my childhood in which we chose what happened and turned to the appropriate pages. This grown up version, however, is so much better!

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Even the book jacket reveals a large illustration to be colored if one so desired. With owls on almost every page and the only real direction the inclusion of the fairy’s hair color, each individual will come away with an entirely different take on this picture book for adults. Color it in yourself, pass it along to a friend or loved one, give it to a child on the street…I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this book on some level, unless it they are blind. In fact, describing the pictures and reading the short sentences to someone who cannot see might actually allow them to appreciate it as well.

I give this book 5 out of 5 dragons. I am excited to see what Ms. Song comes out with next. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be beautiful!

For more information about Daria Song, her books, and free downloadable coloring pages visit: http://www.readitforward.com/time-garden-time-chamber/

I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review. All views are my own. For more information on Blogging for Books see bloggingforbooks.com 

LAUNCHING!!!

I am so proud and excited to announce that the picture book I’ve been gushing about for the past few months is finally available on Kindle! Launching this morning, Little Monster by Binky Bo Tyree is a fun, simple, and gorgeously illustrated picture book that people of all ages can enjoy. DSC09935

The story, originally told in classic oral tradition by my then-2-yr-old to her baby dolls, is short, sweet, and to the point while the illustrations, gorgeously drawn out by the author’s multi-talented Gaga, tell the full story in a fun and bright manner.

Little Monster offers a sweet look at a day in the life of a Little Monster, allowing readers to see the inter-play between great illustrations and a silly, fun story line while still leaving plenty of room for the imagination. Currently only available in e-book format, the folks at Tyree Tomes are working diligently to fix a glitch and get the physical copy up and ready for order A.S.A.P. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the e-reader version. Don’t worry, Binky Bo is already hard at work writing up a new adventure for her Little Monster, though those baby dolls of hers are a tough audience to please!

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Binky Bo is hard at work on a sequel already


Pre-Orders are OPEN!

Ladies and Gentlemen…the time has come! Little Monster is currently available for pre-order and goes LIVE on October the 5th.

Now, I know that I told you pre-orders would be available on September 20th, and I’m sorry for the delay, but there was a family emergency that involved going to my other hometown, which I haven’t visited in several years for many not-good-anymore reasons, and being without internet for 5 days. HOWEVER, he is here now!

I hope that you enjoy this simple story with gorgeous artwork. This was truly a labor of love.

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New Possibilities

This morning I received an e-mail that threw my already happy mood into a tizzy! I can’t go into many details right now because, well, I don’t know them yet…but suffice it to say that one of my favorite projects might be getting a partner for the finishing touches!

Some of you have been with me for a while now and may remember mentions of a children’s picture book character that I have been working with off and on for a few years (the previous posts can be found here, here, and here). My mother will be illustrating and we are both excited about the endless possibilities that seem to be in store for our Lemur friend!

I will update as more news becomes available. Lord willing, we will know more and start getting details nailed down starting next week.

Remember to ‘like’ our Facebook page, Tyree Tomes, for the earliest updates and information on all of our books!

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Leonard (the smaller Black and White Lemur stuffie), Silly (My daughter’s baby with the rainbow hair), and our new Lemur stuffie, I call him Louis but my daughter has dubbed him OoohOOh, AhAhAh UnckYa (Lemurs like to make low grunty noises when happy)

If you would like to see more of my work, check out my Author Page. You can also find my father, Dr. Wilson J Tyree, on his Author Page and he has free e-book give aways very frequently! Please remember to support your Indie Author friends (Like US!) by providing ratings and reviews in places like Amazon and Goodreads. Your reviews help fellow readers find what they’re looking for!

Parrots and Popcorn – A book Review

Parrots and Popcorn

By: Brenda Kearns

Illustrated By: Christine Tripp

Publish Date: April 1, 2013

 

Full Disclosure: I received this text in exchange for an honest review.

 

Brenda Kearns has delivered another cute children’s book, focusing on a little girl who wishes for big birthday magic.

Summary:

The night before her birthday Kara, worried about her brother’s fake magic show the next day, sets out to steal his hat and prove that Trevor is performing the tricks WRONG. What happens next is the answer to all of her birthday wishes; but sometimes you learn that maybe you don’t really want exactly what you wished for.

Review:

The illustrations are fun, quirky, and cute…just the right touch to keep children interested at any age.

While the story is very cute and well suited to the young audience that it is meant for, there are a few things that I feel could boost the experience for readers, and especially readers on an electronic application.

First of all, I believe that the transition from believing her brother is doing the act incorrectly to her actually having the hat could have been helped by a little bit of an addition…perhaps a sentence or two that explains to the reader what Kara is doing (in this case, nabbing the ‘magic’ hat from her brother while everyone is asleep). 

Secondly, I would have liked to know what happens in the morning. I know that this is a children’s book and meant for very young readers, but at least a picture at the end with Kara’s Mom surprised to find her with the puppy.

Finally, the e-reader version has a bit of a formatting issue wherein the pages aren’t quite set together as I would like to see. Although this is a children’s picture book type of set up, it is my opinion the electronic version should be able to be seen almost as well as the actual hardback.

On the whole, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 dragons!

 

 

Picture Book Review- Carl’s Day at the Park

There are many wonderful picture books on the market, from classics such as Maurice Sendak’s beloved “Where the Wild Things Are,” to this year’s popular, “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown, which was chosen for a place on Publisher Weekly’s list of the best picture books from 2013.

Each of us, hopefully, has a memory of a favorite picture book, something important from our childhoods, or our children’s childhoods, that has left a mark on our spirits. For me, one such book is “Carl’s Afternoon in the Park,” written and illustrated by Alexandra Day. The book focuses on a Rottweiler, named Carl, who is caring for a toddler and a puppy in Central Park.

Now, it may be that I am a tad bit biased about this beautifully rendered picture book. After all, Carl is almost identical to my sweet old Rottweiler, Bear, who is my toddler’s self-appointed protector/watcher/big brother. Or I may be biased because I love a good story, however it is told, and the pictures show a day in the life without many words to muck it up. Either way, the few sentences in this book explain to us how Carl comes to be charged with the two playful little ones, while the soft watercolors bring to life the day, as well as our imaginations. The book can grow with your family from your child’s infancy, when the pictures will be pretty colors and interesting distractions, on through toddlerhood and beyond, allowing pictures to gain names, short descriptions, and eventually evolve into a full blown story as your child learns and their imaginations take flight.

If you are looking for a delightful book to grab imaginations and incite conversation with your child, I recommend Alexandra Day’s “Carl’s Afternoon in the Park.”

May your imaginations soar, and may you have a Blessed Day!